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  • Since we are in the heart of autumn, and the weather is starting to get cold, we thought you might like a warm meal to boost your spirits. We’ve been down in the Emergency Essentials kitchen creating a delicious and warm Green and Cheesy Chicken Casserole.

    Don’t let the name fool you . . . when I hear green and cheese together I start to get a little skeptical (as I’m sure a kids would, too, until they taste its cheesy goodness). I assure you that this chicken casserole is good, and the best part is that it’s quick and easy to make using just your food storage ingredients.

    We originally found this recipe on spatualsonparade.blogspot.com and have adapted it to fit our food storage needs.

    Green and Cheesy Chicken Casserole

    Green and Cheesy Chicken Casserole

    2 cups Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Chicken Breast with Rib Meat (Diced)

    1.5-2 cups Provident Pantry Cheese Blend

    1 cup MyChoice Freeze Dried Broccoli (We also loved it with MyChoice Freeze Dried Green Peas)

    1 cup Provident Pantry Instant White Rice

    2 dashes MyChoice Premium Onion Powder (you Don’t want a lot because this stuff can overpower!)

    ¼ tsp MyChoice Premium Garlic Powder

    1/2 tsp MyChoice Mesh Black Pepper

    ¼ tsp MyChoice Mild Chili Powder (optional)

    ¼ tsp MyChoice Italian Seasoning (optional)

    ½ cup water

    1 cup Bread crumbs or crushed crackers (we used about 5 Mountain House Pilot Crackers)


    1. Cook Provident Pantry Instant White Rice according to directions on the can (this will take about 20 minutes).

    2. As the rice cooks, reconstitute freeze dried chicken dices, green peas, and cheese blend.

    3. To reconstitute the cheese blend, follow the directions on the can for “cheese sauce” so that you can get a creamy texture for the cheese that’s almost like cheese soup.

    4. Once everything is reconstituted and the rice is done cooking, blend all the rice, chicken, peas, and seasonings together in a large bowl, as you stir, add the ½ cup water. Do NOT include bread crumbs or crackers yet—season to taste.

    5. Place the mixture into a 13 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs/crushed crackers on top. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until warm in the center. Can be served with salad or bread.


    Here’s a helpful hint for cooking with food storage meats:

    Food storage meats are often salty to preserve them longer. Hence, whenever you cook a food storage recipe with a ton of seasonings, like this recipe, you’ll want to cut back on the amount of seasoning you use so your meal isn’t super salty. With this recipe, we’ve given you measurements for seasonings, but season to taste and your own liking, using our measurements as general guidelines.

    Enjoy! And tell us what you think of the recipe in the comments below.


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, recipes, recipe, Food Storage Tips, freeze dried food

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    Chocolate, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes—if you were in an emergency, what comfort food would you crave the most? For me, the ultimate comfort food would have to be a nice big bag of tortilla chips and salsa, but at the same time I have a major sweet tooth.

    In order to make a snack that was filling, sweet, and nutritious, we made a fruit salsa from our long-term food storage. Fruit Salsa could be a special treat during an emergency because it’s familiar, tasty, and easy to make.

    Here is our recipe for fruit salsa that you and your family can enjoy now or in an emergency:

    Fruit Salsa w/ Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps


    ½ C Provident Pantry® Freeze Dried Pineapple Dices

    ½ C Provident Pantry ®Freeze Dried Mango Chunks

    2/3 C Provident Pantry® Freeze Dried Strawberry Slices

    Reconstitute all of the fruits according to the directions on the can. Mix together and place in the refrigerator until it “sets,” creating that familiar salsa-like texture.

    Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps

    4 Tbsp Provident Pantry® Butter Powder

    4 Flour Tortillas

    MyChoice™ Cinnamon Sugar

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Reconstitute butter powder according to directions on the can. Cover one side of each tortilla with butter. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar on the buttered side of the tortilla until it is well-covered. Cut into wedges. Arrange wedges onto a cookie sheet or baking pan. Bake for 14 minutes. Take them out of the oven and let them cool; crisps will harden while cooling, making them crunchy like a normal tortilla chip.

    We thought it would be yummy to use pineapple, mango, and strawberries, but you can use any freeze dried fruits you have on hand in your long-term food storage. As a tip, just make sure to use the freeze dried fruit dices (or cut your fruit into dices) because they’ll be bite-sized and easier to pick-up with the cinnamon crisps. Create your own variations and tell us what you come up with!

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  • I recently received this review from Deborah in Oklahoma. Thanks for sending it, Deborah! It’s always great to hear when we win over a teenager with food storage!

    (How about you? Are your kids fans of the food storage meals you've made? Or are you working to help them get over a food storage phobia?)



    My husband and I went on a 3 day camping trip with our 16 year old niece. I thought it would be an excellent time to field test some of our freeze dried foods from Emergency Essentials. I also wanted to get my niece Kayla's opinion. She has never eaten freeze dried food before so I was curious to see her reaction. We used our Emergency Essentials foods for breakfast each day.

    We made sausage & egg breakfast burritos with the freeze dried eggs & sausage crumbles. They were wonderful!!! The last morning of the trip, we had French Toast and Yoders canned bacon. I used the freeze dried egg & freeze dried milk powder reconstituted to dredge my bread in, then grilled it in a skillet. It was so good!! We used the Emergency Essentials milk pitcher to mix the milk and it worked beautifully!! The Yoders bacon was great!

     Breakfast Burritos with Emergency Essentials Food Storage

    We really enjoyed all our Emergency Essentials food. Even our niece gave it a thumbs up. That’s saying something when you can impress a teenager! The Emergency Essentials food made the trip so much easier. I didn't have to worry about refrigeration for the eggs, milk and sausage. The food was delicious and easy to prepare. I highly recommend Emergency Essentials products!!


    Deborah White


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, Customer Reviews, freeze dried food, Milk, bacon

  • Emergency Essentials Mountain House sale - all #10 cans 25% off!

    It’s time for a Mountain House #10 can sale! Every Mountain House can is 25% off in July. So if you've never tried Mountain House freeze-dried entrees, sides, fruits, or veggies, now is a great time. If you’re already a fan, now is a great time to stock up on your favorites.

    Here are a few varieties I especially recommend:

    Pilot crackers: You might think this is a strange pick, but I love these crackers. They’re similar to Saltines, but they’re not salted, and they’re a little thicker and more substantial. They’re great for anything from making mini pizzas, to bruschetta, to dipping in soup, or making quick home-made “croutons” in a pinch. They’re also divine with cottage cheese and peaches on top (I like a tiny pinch of cayenne, too).

    Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf: all I can say is YUM. This pilaf features mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, sweet red peppers, and parmesan cheese. Tons of flavor, great texture, and pretty, too! That’s what I call a food storage “triple threat.”

    I mentioned cottage cheese above as a topping for my Pilot Crackers. This is one of the best ingredients we carry, as far as I’m concerned. It’s delicious alone, with fruit or herbs (and sometimes both!), and in salads. But it’s also delightful reconstituted, drained, squeezed out and treated as ricotta cheese for recipes like stuffed shells, lasagna, pizza, dips, etc. Try it—you will love it. One of my favorite things about Mountain House Cottage Cheese is the fact that use as much or as little as I want, then seal the rest back up in a bag and stick it back in the can. That way I don’t worry about half the container going bad before I’m ready to use it again. Cottage cheese is also a great source of protein for those who don't eat meat, but still eat dairy.

    Beef Stroganoff: I tend to eat more seafood and chicken than beef, but when I do eat beef, stroganoff is one of my absolute favorites. Mushrooms + pasta + creamy sauce + beef? It simply doesn't get better than that.


    25% off all #10 cans of Mountain House at Emergency Essentials - July 2013


    Not a fan of my picks? I've listed a few customer favorites below, along with actual reviews submitted to our website.

    Mountain House Beef Stew

    Yummy! (5 Stars)

    My husband and I were surprised at how yummy this is! It tastes just as good as many of the homemade stews I've eaten over the years. Of course, the beef bits are smaller than what you might have in homemade, but the flavor is very good. I would definitely recommend this one be in your pantry.

    Posted on 11/19/10 by Tiffany

    Makes great leftovers (5 Stars)

    This stew makes great leftovers. It tastes homemade. We ladled this over egg noodles and feasted for days.

    Posted on 8/7/08 by Richard

    Mountain House Beef Stew - 25% off at Emergency Essentials July 2013


    Granola with Milk and Blueberries

    Healthy and a Treat! (5 stars)

    Not a big cereal or granola fan, but bought the packet first intending to use for camping. It is great and I have moved to the #10 cans. Easy to fix, add water, great flavor and crunch. Highly recommend as you don't even need hot water for this. Have put some in snack bags and leave at work for those hurried mornings when I run out the door without eating.

    Posted on 9/23/11 by Jacqui

    A must if you buy any long term foods (5 Stars)

    MH Granola with Blueberries and Milk is incredibly tasty. It has the perfect amount of "crunch" and flavour. This stuff is also very dense calorie-wise and only requires cold water to eat if you prefer. I highly recommend this as one of the top foods to buy because it is morale-lifting and tasty, easy to prepare and has good nutrient content. The trifecta of emergency foods!

    Posted on 5/9/11 by Mark

    Buy it! Trust me... (5 Stars)

    This isn't just good, it's GREAT. We eat this instead of regular cereal now as a treat. My 2 year old loves it as does my wife. The speed and convenience is awesome, but the best part is the flavor. It is genuinely delicious and it is packed with tons of blueberries. There were so many when I first opened the can that I thought it needed to be mixed, only to find out that it was like that throughout the #10 can. The shelf life is 25 years, so you can keep this in reserve for a LONG time.

    Posted on 4/4/10 by Carlos

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries from Emergency Essentials. 25% off July 2013


    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Must buy more! (5 stars)

    I thought this dish was quite good, was definitely surprised at how melty the cheese was! I threw in some of the dehydrated chopped spinach for color. Wasn't too salty and didn't leave that fake, chemically after taste that some of the frozen meals have. I love how quick and easy these meals are. The leftovers stood up well for lunch the next day, an added plus.

    Posted on 7/15/11 by Ashly

    Home Made Taste (5 stars)

    The aroma when opening the pkg is like taking a fresh home made lasagna out of the oven. Some of us have been taste-testing for lunch at work, and this is the unanimous favorite for flavor. Use a little less boiling water than instructed, then add a little more at the end if you need it. Don't make it too loose.

    Posted on 6/3/12 by Dave T

    Mountain House Lasagna 25% off in July 2013 - Emergency Essentials


    Have you tried Mountain House foods before? If not, what do you want to try? If so, what are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.


    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, monthly sales, freeze-dried foods, freeze dried food, Main Dish, Side Dish, vegetarian option

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    Mom works hard all day, every day. Here are four suggestions for celebrating Mother’s Day without breaking the bank (or your back). Have your order in by 12:00 pm MST on Monday, May 6, 2013 to receive the shipment in time.

    1.      Treat her to a dinner of Provident Pantry Sweet and Sour Noodles with BeefNo, this is not a subliminal message about your mom. This is an easy way to make Mom something special without spending all day in the kitchen. This gift is especially helpful if your mom has ever told you that you’re helpless when it comes to cooking. Surprise her with this tasty freeze dried entrée!

    2.      Start her day off right with a delicious breakfast. If serving breakfast in bed is more your style, tempt the mother you’re honoring with an extra hour of sleep. With any of the Mountain House pouches (all on sale!!) you can whip up a meal without dirtying a lot of dishes. There are several breakfasts to choose from; my favorite is Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers. Your mom might prefer Granola with Milk and Blueberries. Each packet of freeze dried food has two servings so Mom doesn’t have to dine alone.

    3.      Get Mom a grain mill. Is your mom the type that spends her money on everyone but herself? If so, she’s probably been eyeing one of these grains mills for a while now. Both the Nutrimill and Wondermill are on sale this month. In fact, we’ve permanently dropped the price on our Wondermill grinder to $239.95. This really is a great time to give your mom this durable gift. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll be so excited to use it that she’ll make you a fresh loaf of bread. I almost hate to say it, but it’s a wonder you hadn’t thought of this earlier!

    4.      Last but not least, gift your mom a Byte headlamp. It might seem like a weird gift, but this little ray of light is great for a couple of reasons. One, if your mom loves to read in bed, she can read without waking up dad if she has a Princeton Tech Byte headlamp. Two, could it be that mom really just wants some peace and quiet on the road? She can keep this headlamp in the car and pass it on to the kiddos when the sun goes down. Then they can keep themselves busy reading, coloring, or playing games. Voila! Peace, quiet, and one happy mom!

    This Mother’s Day get Mom something unique. Order today and your gift should arrive in time to regale her on the 12th

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  • Mountain House Travel Tip

    Ok, I mentioned a great travel tip in Friday’s post about our sale on Mountain House’s freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. I love the idea SO much that I’m expanding on it today…

    First though, I should give credit where it’s due. This tip came from Grant in Utah, via Sarah here at Emergency Essentials. He took his family of eight to Disneyland for a week and took two #10 cans of Mountain House entrees.

    Here are three benefits that we see to taking freeze dried food on your vacation:

    1 – The #10 cans are light. That means you can pack them and they won’t push your luggage over the weight limit. Unless of course you’re taking your Yeti with you just in case the Pirates of the Caribbean ride shuts down. (Like it did when I went in 7th grade. Sigh.)

    2- Save on money. According to Grant’s calculations, even if his family ate on the cheaper end of the spectrum, like McDonalds’ Dollar Menu, they would still end up spending around $50. So, deciding to save their moolah for those cute little Mickey Mouse ears, they brought along Mountain House Mac n’ Cheese (regular price, $28.99) and Beef Stroganoff (regular price, $28.29).

    3 - Save on time. Here’s what Grant had to say about it,

    At the end of a long day at Disneyland, we were tired, hungry, and some of us were a little cranky. The last thing you want to do is go find somewhere to eat that will make everyone happy. 

    Great point, Grant. Thanks for the helpful travel trip!

    To prepare freeze-dried and dehydrated entrees all you have to do is boil water (which you can easily do in the coffee maker in your room), add it to the contents of your #10 can, and wait 10-15 minutes. You won’t have to suffer through clean up either since there won’t be any pots and pans to wash up! 

    All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off through March 21, 2013. If you buy six or more of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    If you’ve used freeze-dried or dehydrated foods on your family vacation we want to hear about it! Comment below and let us know how you used your food storage.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, sale, family, #10 cans, Travel Tip, save money, save time, freeze dried food, dehydrated food, vacation, Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Comfort Foods

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    In American culture, sweets and desserts are associated with good times and celebrations (birthday cakes, holiday pies, sweets, etc.) Studies have proven how our emotions can affect our bodies. Foods high in sugar or food associated with pleasant memories can cause the release of certain chemicals that affect how we feel.

    During hard times such as extended unemployment, food shortages, or during the aftermath of a natural disaster, sweets remind people of better times and give them a sense of normalcy and comfort. Normalcy should be a priority in preparing our families for an emergency.


    We recommend storing some “comfort foods.” Comfort foods include desserts, macaroni and cheese, chicken noodle soup, and peanut butter. A common adage is "store what you eat and eat what you store." Storing food that you eat on a regular basis and having a way of re-creating these meals in an emergency is wise. Food storage options are broadening to provide more of these comfort items in easy "Just add water" and "Ready to east straight from the package" form.


    Some of these "Just add water" and "Ready to eat straight from the package" foods include:


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    • and many more...


    Spices are also a great addition so you can make your own favorite comfort foods.

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    "The Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices are great for making strawberry lemonade. Just drop a big handful into a pitcher of lemonade and give them a little bit of time to soften up. Yummy!"

    Bonnie, OREGON

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    We want to take this opportunity to share with you why we like Mountain House’s products so much. Here are some advantages of Mountain House foods:

    Trusted name – Mountain House's reputation has been growing for nearly 40 years. It is no wonder they have award-winning meals.

    Flavor – We love the taste of Mountain House entrees. They offer 22 of the most popular home-style dishes, including Beef Stroganoff, Spaghetti, Chicken a la King, and Beef Stew. You can read some customer reviews at the bottom of this post, or on our website BePrepared.com.

    Storage benefits – Due to the freeze-drying process, the cans are lightweight and last 25 years (when properly stored).

    Ease of preparation – Simply add hot water, wait 10 minutes, and enjoy. The meals have already been prepared, so they just need to be re-hydrated and warmed up.

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    We decided to prepare a few selections here at Emergency Essentials. We were impressed with the convenience of preparation, vibrant color, mouth-watering aroma, and of course, the delicious taste!

    Here are some comments that have been posted on our website about these great Mountain House foods:

    "This stew (
    Beef Stew) makes great leftovers. It tastes homemade. We ladled this over egg noodles and feasted for days." Richard, OHIO

    "I recently attended a meeting about Emergency Preparedness/Food storage... I brought a few different cans of Mountain House freeze-dried products to show and try. No one there had tried the freeze-dried products before... I made one can of the Chicken a la King and brought it into the room... Everyone was surprised at how good it was and how easy it was to make... This is a great product and you need to try this one. It will make a believer out of you." Kevin, CONNECTICUT

    "This stuff (Beef Stroganoff with Noodles) is really pretty good. I was sorting my emergency food recently and had some pouches of this. I decided to try one, had never tried any of the MH cans I have. I ate the whole 2 person pouch it was so good... Very happy." Mia, TEXAS

    "I have been stocking foods for emergency situations and trying some as I go. Granola and Blueberries with Milk is a great buy! I usually heat it up and eat it for a breakfast that really can't be beat! Taste great - no lie!!" Ron, OHIO


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, freeze dried food, just add water meals

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